1979 Aspen Gauge Cluster Problems

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  1. Dylan Bobek

    Dylan Bobek Member

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    So today I pulled the gauge cluster on my 1979 dodge aspen to change some bulbs and before I pulled it out the fuel and temp gauges worked perfectly now they don’t do anything if anybody can help it would be greatly appreciated. Also if anyone wanna to know my amp meter still works
     
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    There's a chance the metal "clips" the gauge posts stick into, fell out of the printed circuit board. Pull it back out and see. There should be 2 for every gauge. Also possible, even if still in there that they lost contact with the printed circuit. The set up used for the clusters isn't the best design I've ever seen, to be honest.
     
  3. Dylan Bobek

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    Yeah after it didn’t work I pulled it back out to clean the contacts and nothing worked do you know how to safely pull that printed board out
     
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    There's 2 small crews holding it to the dash, then just pull straight out and unhook the 2 harness connectors, unless they unplug themselves when pulling the circuit board out. Be careful with the connectors. The pins on the board can break off without too much effort.
     
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    also there are new ones on ebay also but they are pricey
     
  7. Dylan Bobek

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    Thanks I’ll try that and tell you how it goes
     
  8. Dylan Bobek

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    Update got it out fine gonna try and replace the voltage regulator just as a precautionary since I have it off

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    Well, that would make the fuel and temp gauges inop but not affect the amp gauge so, hopefully you get lucky:cool:

    Pop the gauge post terminals out of the board and make sure the spot they contact the printed circuit at is clean while it's apart.
     
  10. Dylan Bobek

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    Yeah thanks, that’s what I was thinking since the temp and fuel gauge do nothing might as well replace it while it’s all apart but other than that I’ll clean all the contacts up and I’ll update you when it goes back together
     
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    I mean no harm by this but just general observation (you should see my garage). I don't think I've ever seen both of these items in this close proximity before:
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  12. Dylan Bobek

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    Lol some times you need different tools for different jobs
     
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    Update- everything works it was a fuse that had went bad, thanks for all your answers, if anyone wanted to see the car

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  14. Aspen500

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    thumbs up.jpe

    That wedge is for when you've checked, rechecked and tried every possible thing you can think of, and it still doesn't work, lol!
     
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    Its like having a BFH (3 pound sledge) nearby.
    You may (hopefully) never use it but sense its in view of your current project it seams to go more likely in your way, than to develop additional problems (which will happen if you use the before mentioned BFH).
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